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Isobelle Carmody for Lost in Young Adults

1) Why young adult? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?

I was 14 when I wrote my first book so I was just writing from the POV of someone
like me.
I was not writing FOR young adults- I WAS one.

 

2) Is there an author, living or dead, who inspired you particularly?

Ursula Le Guin above all others, but also Sheri S Tepper.

 

3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future
projects.

My last book was the second last in the Obernewtyn Chronicles and my next book out
in May, will be a collection of very long short stories for older young adults and adults,
called Metro Winds which took me ten years to write.

At this moment, I am working on The Cloud Road which is the
sequel to The Red Wind.

 

4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get
published?

My first published book was the first book I wrote- the one I started at 14.
I wrote it for a long time and a lot of times because I loved it. It did not
even occur to me to try to get it published.Then someone suggested it- I was
a cadet journalist and I sent it to Penguin books because no one told me that you
should get an agent- I didn’t know what an agent was. I chose Penguin because it was
the publisher of a lot of books I liked. The address was inside those books. They
accepted it.
I have never had a book rejected. Yet.

 

5) What’s your opinion about this E-book revolution? Would you consider
the indie route?

I am about to re publish Greylands as an E book myself, because I want to
learn more about the process, but so far I have not seen any app or enhancement
of a book that actually improves a story- most of it is the same sorts of gimmicks
that you see in books for toddlers- fluff on sheep, pop up dinosaurs- stuff that
shifts them from games to text. I love reading e books on my kindle because it is
NOT a computer screen but there are too many mistakes. Publishers need to lift
their game if they are going to want to publish E books, I think because otherwise
authors can do it themselves.

 

6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot
to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are
your thoughts?

I feel that anything other that writing a story or book is less important,
and I hate talking about sales and marketing and all that. You have to do it
and be involved and I am lucky that I can public speak. I think you can not do
those things, but it is better if you can do a little. As for facebook and twitter,
I do both now after being pretty resistant and it does waste time but the fact is
I have found a way to use it that pleases me, so if it also helps lead some readers
to my books, that is icing on the cake.For me Facebook is like a virtual interactive
magazine shaped for and by me, while Twitter is cyber signposting.

 

Info about the author:

Isobelle began the first of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still at high school and worked on it while completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a journalism cadetship. The first book was accepted by the first publisher she sent it to and went on to be short-listed in the Older Readers section of the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award for older readers. The series and her short stories have established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.

She has written many award winning short stories and books for young people since then. Just to name a few, Scatterlings won Talking Book of the year in 1992 and in 1993 The Gathering was a joint winner of 1993 CBC Book of the Year Award and winner of the 1994 Children’s Literature Peace Prize. Billy Thunder and the Night Gate was shortlisted for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Childrens Literature in the 2001.

 

To know more, please visit her website: http://www.isobellecarmody.net

 

To buy her latest book, simply click on the cover below:

 

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